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Set mainly in the Ireland the tourist board didn't tell you about, Into the West is the story of a "traveling" family who have given up their traditional life of roaming, and find themselves trying to make it in the gritty, violent projects of Dublin. Gabriel Byrne is excellent as Papa Reilly, a once-proud father and leader whose grief over his wife's death has turned him into a booze-sodden has-been. His two sons, Tito (Ruaidhri Conroy) and Ossie (Ciaran Fitzgerald), escape the projects on an apparently magical white horse, Tir Na Nog, which leads them back to the West. After being forced to steal the horse back from a wealthy and ruthless horse dealer, they are pursued across the increasingly beautiful landscape by virtually all the policemen in Ireland. The much-loved actor David Kelly (Waking Ned Devine) does a nice turn as the grandfather, and Ellen Barkin is a surprising but believable choice as an old "traveling" friend of Papa Reilly. For better or for worse--mainly better--this is not the story Disney would have told: redemptive and uplifting at the end, it's realistic to the point of ugliness on the way there, with a style of cinematography that the Magic Kingdom has never been able to stomach. The younger brother, Ossie, is supposed to be 7, but the story itself is perhaps more appropriate for somewhat older children. Entertainment Weekly's best family video for 1994. --Richard Farr

Cast

Gabriel ByrnePapa Reilly
Ellen BarkinKathleen
David KellyGrandfather
Johnny MurphyTracker
Colm MeaneyBarreller
John KavanaghHartnett
Brendan GleesonInspector Bolger
Jim NortonSuperintendant O'Mara
Liam CunninghamPoliceman

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Mike Newell
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 97
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 17, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 4, 2005
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